UCL ISR’s research aims to generate knowledge by supporting cross-disciplinary research approaches to promote the globally sustainable use of natural resources.
In 2012 we were re-located within the Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, and have developed a close relationship with UCL-Energy, with which we undertake joint projects, and share research tools and approaches.
We also continue to seek out collaborations with other departments across UCL including joint project development and co-supervision of PhD students.
Our research is built around five cross-cutting themes:
Definitions and indicators of sustainable resource use: including consideration of issues of resource depletion, pollution and other environmental impacts, as well as broader social issues of the impact of such activities on communities and other social contributions of resource-related companies often included in the ‘corporate social responsibility’ agenda.
Green economy: this integrates the resource programme areas with different economic models and perspectives at different levels: global, national and local. It will consider what infrastructure and policies are necessary to promote a greening of different economic sectors and localities, country economies and the global economy.
Abiotic resources: research areas here include fossil fuels, minerals and rare earth elements. Space on land (or sea where relevant) are also considered in the context of competing uses.
Biotic resources: including land, water, soil, forests, food, habitats and biodiversity, and ecosystem services. Which area is researched and how will depend to some extent on opportunities for research funding and the skills and interests of researchers in UCL ISR and elsewhere in UCL.
Resource efficiency: research areas here include the technologies, innovation, institutions, governance processes and policies that promote the sustainable use of resources by society.